Glenn McGrath's maiden Test half-century at the Gabba yesterday was a masterpiece of cricket surrealism - not to mention a heartbreaking experience for the New Zealand team.
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Astonishing story from Press Trust of India, reporting that the government of Gujarat state is proposing to ban people with more than two children from contesting elections there.
It's all about population control, you see. I wonder how many kids the leading members of the opposition parties have...
A ten-year old cheese sandwich bearing the image of the Virgin Mary is currently up for bids on eBay. Knarf.ca, a Canadian blog devoted entirely to ebayrama (or is that ebayrilia?), picks up the story.
So this is what Canadian football does to the locals:
Ticats fan jailed for Argo ear bite
CBC TORONTO - A Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan has been sentenced to six months in jail for biting off part of a Toronto Argonatus fan's ear.
Christopher Stevenson, 28, was convicted of attacking a Toronto man following the 2002 Labour Day game between the Argos and the Ti-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
The identity of the assailant was the central issue at the trial.
Stevenson testified it was not him, but a friend who bit the victim's ear.
6 May 1953: Airman Ronald Maddison died less than hour after sarin gas was deliberately dripped onto his arm as part of an experiment at a chemical weapons facility at Porton Down, Wiltshire. Fifty-one years later, a fresh inquest has decided that Maddison was unlawfully killed. His relatives intend seeking compensation from the Ministry of Defence, and more than 500 claims from exservicemen who were involved unwittingly in the WMD tests (and survived) could be forthcoming.